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Great white shark sneaks up on California kayakers fishing for halibut

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California kayaker has a close encounter with a great white

Raw video: Man fishing off the coast of Monterey, California has a large shark swim by his kayak twice before swimming away.

A California kayaker fishing for halibut got an unexpected visit from a 12-metre great white shark off the coast of Monterey this week.

Eddy Willis, a California native who now works for the Department of Wildlife in Nevada, captured the thrilling encounter on video.

“Great white shark. There he is!” Hill cried, while soaking in the camera underwater to capture a better view on the sea creature.

“I got my first great white shark — hell yeah!”

– Eddy Willis

The shark swam around Willis’ kayak two times before they disappear in the darkness.

“I got my first great white shark — hell yeah!” Willis shouted into the camera, the end of the 30-second clip.

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Willis said it took him three years to get footage of a great white. The kayaker has encounters with a lot of marine life in the past, including humpback whales.

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“For me, I love whales, I love sharks … It is an adrenaline rush more than anything,” Willis told KIRO7-TV after he filmed a close encounter with a pod of whales in Half Moon Bay back in July 2016.

The kayker said that he was going on a “shore tour”, an attempt to test out new fishing spots along the coast of California.

Friends of the kayaker congratulated him on his rare perception.

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“I would be afraid of death… But I love your joy and enthusiasm about this treasurer found in the ocean today… good on you,” a Facebook user wrote.

“See the Great White… grabs the camera and sticks the hand into the water. You crazy Eddy. Lol,” another added.

“Fortunately for you Eddy.. I would be scared to death,” a woman said.

Willis thanked everyone for their comments and assured his friends he was not afraid.

“I love sharks … and I will have more videos,” he promised.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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